Gladiolus gracilis - Blue Flower Form); by HIRO.M. - A member of the iris family, the blue pipe is one of the many species of Gladiolus that grow in the incredibly biodiverse Cape Floristic Region (2) (4). The Latin name gracilis, meaning slender, accurately describes this species’ appearance, with the leaves rolled into slim, hollow tubes which branch from a long, thin central stem. The blue pipe’s most striking feature is its large, fragrant flowers.
Gladiolus papilla 'Ruby' in the cottage garden at Allt-y-bela. Photo Britt Willoughby Dyer
Crepe Paper Gladiolus Flower 18 inch stem by DiddleBug on Etsy
You can try saving gladiolus seeds to preserve a favorite variety and share with other gardeners. It's easy to do, but the flowers are a long time coming. This article will provide more information about harvesting these pods on gladiolus.